August 9, 1994 |
There are no 'mysteries' in History. Only suppressions, the lies of those who write History. -- from poem titled "Reflection" from "The Banned History of Tom Thumb" by Roque Dalton * As one of this country's best-known poets and an unabashed revolutionary, Roque Dalton escaped many brushes with death. Right-wing Salvadoran dictatorships captured him time and again, but he always got away. It was at the hands of his own leftist guerrilla comrades that Dalton's luck ran out.
November 11, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration, worried that a wave of apparent death squad slayings in El Salvador could burden it with another troublesome Third World crisis, sent a top official Wednesday to ask Salvadoran rightists to stop assassinating their political opponents. "This could be a disaster--another Haiti, Bosnia, Somalia," one senior official said. "If El Salvador falls apart, it's worse than the others. At least we could say we inherited the other problems from the (George) Bush Administration.
October 28, 1993 |
Under intense pressure to fully investigate the death-squad-style assassination of a leftist leader, President Alfredo Cristiani pledged Wednesday in a private meeting with former guerrilla commanders to "find the whole truth" behind a surge in political violence.
July 4, 1993 |
With great fanfare and even a few tears, El Salvador's leftist guerrillas six months ago turned in their weapons and formed a legal political party as part of landmark peace accords that ended this country's savage civil war. Now the former guerrillas stand accused of having deliberately lied when they said they were disarming.
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April 7, 1993 |
Although El Salvador's bloody civil war is over, mass deportations of Salvadorans in the United States would undermine a delicate peace and subject returning expatriates to hardship and danger, activists said Tuesday. Activists--including two Los Angeles-area congressional representatives and an official of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles--delivered their message during a news conference outside the federal building in downtown Los Angeles.
March 27, 1993 |
The Salvadoran Supreme Court rejected Friday the findings of a report on human rights violations that recommended, among other things, the removal of the justices. The court disputed the Truth Commission's finding that the judges obstructed investigations into some of the rights violations during the past decade, when the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government battled leftist guerrillas.
March 26, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration may try to thwart El Salvador's controversial new amnesty law by bringing its military officers to trial in American courts for human rights abuses committed during the Central American country's bloody 11-year civil war, Secretary of State Warren Christopher said Thursday. In testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee, he also said he is determined to ensure that the State Department will never mislead Congress about atrocities committed by friendly countries.
March 23, 1993 |
When army officers accused of the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests were finally brought to trial two years ago, many Salvadorans applauded the event as a sign that justice would be served. It was rare for a murder case to actually reach a court; rarer still for a military man to face judgment for crimes against civilians.
March 19, 1993 |
The release this week of a United Nations report on human rights abuses in El Salvador has resurrected the decade-long debate over U.S. aid to that country and prompted Democratic calls for a thorough investigation of American involvement in one of Central America's bloodiest civil wars. Outraged by the findings of the U.N.
March 16, 1993 |
Even while pleading for a climate of forgiveness, the U.N. Truth Commission on El Salvador called Monday for the dismissal of all military officers and government officials cited for human rights violations and proposed that all violators, including rebel officers, be banned from taking part in Salvadoran public and political life for at least 10 years. These provisions, which have already led Defense Minister Gen.